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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, December 7, 2012

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Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Huffington Post: What Impacts Your Health in the District? – “Everybody knows that obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States. An estimated 300,000 deaths per year can be attributed to obesity. If trends continue, by 2030 over 42 percent of Americans will be obese. But most troubling is that four out of five African-American women are overweight or obese — higher than any other group. If you take the metro to Tenleytown in Ward 3, the average income is over $70,000 and is 84 percent white. The obesity rate is a little over 12 percent. Travel down the green line to Ward 8 to the Anacostia metro station. The average income is $25,000 and is 92 percent African American; 36 percent of these residents are obese. One reason for the higher rates of obesity in certain areas of D.C. is because of “food deserts” — that is the lack of availability of healthy foods. In Ward 3, there are six full size grocery stores serving almost 74,000 residents. In Ward 8 there is only one, and it serves 70,000 people.” >> Read More

JAAPA: Health disparities and obesity – “Although the rates of obesity have risen in all categories of adults, the rates are disproportionately higher for African Americans. Obesity is most prevalent among black females, followed by black males, white males, and white females.” >> Read More

CT Latino News: Obesity So Prevalent It Could Cut Children’s Lifespans – “This generation of children may not outlive its parents. That startling statistic is the result of a UConn study that finds Latino children were significantly more likely to be overweight or obese than other children. According to the Weight Surveillance Research Study by the University of Connecticut Center for Public Health and Health Policy and Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation, “For the first time ever since U.S. Census data have been recorded, children born in the United States at the beginning of the 21st  century may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.”” >> Read More

Huffington Post: HIV/AIDS and the Latino Community – “Growing up in a small West Texas town, HIV and AIDS seemed like a world away and something that affected other people. There were never any real discussions, whether in school, or amongst friends, about what HIV and AIDS meant, aside from the strictly clinical definitions. Statistics now tell us that someone I knew probably was affected, but because of the stigma of having HIV/AIDS (something that remains prevalent in the Latino community) it wasn’t until Pedro Zamora that many of us were able to hear and see someone say they were HIV positive. On World AIDS Day, we had opportunity to ensure that young people in every corner of the world understand what HIV/AIDS is, how to prevent its spread, and feel comfortable having a personal connection with their partner to be able to ask the hard questions and seek accurate information.” >> Read More

National Urban League: The State of Urban Health: Eliminating Health Disparities to Save Lives and Cut Costs – “For over 100 years, the National Urban League (NUL) has been committed to the mission of economic empowerment in underserved communities a mission that is inextricably linked to the reduction of racial health disparities in America. Health disparities inflict a significant level of illness, disability, and death on the nation’s racial and ethnic minorities. However, in addition to excess morbidity and mortality, health disparities impose a significant economic burden on society.>> Read More

the ct mirror: So, what’s an exchange? – “It’s a major piece of “Obamacare,” and set to debut in just under 10 months. But unless you’ve been paying close attention, you might not be totally clear on exactly what a health insurance exchange is. Here’s a primer.” >> Read More

CT Latino News: Three of Four Patients Go Home with Wrong Medicine or Info – “As a practitioner at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Leora Horwitz has seen her share of patients who misunderstand medication changes made during their hospital stays. Just recently, one of her female patients, who was switched to a new beta blocker for high blood pressure during an inpatient stay, landed back in the hospital after discharge because she had taken both the new medication and her old beta blocker – a combination that lowered her heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous levels.” >> Read More

Fox News: 10 things you need to know about the Affordable Care Act – “As the Affordable Care Act moves quickly to its implementation, there are a number of questions consumers have about how it will really impact their lives.  While there is still time for most of the law to take effect, there will be substantial changes for consumers, employers, states, insurance companies and doctors. Here are a few questions that may help consumers better understand how the Affordable Care Act will truly impact them.” >> Read More

About Gina Hernandez

Gina Hernandez is a Program Director at the Society for New Communications Research and has worked 7+ years in the digital communications field. Prior to joining the Society for New Communications Research, Gina worked at re: Imagine group, where she where she led media and blogger outreach and agency research.

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